Take the It’s Cool to be Kind Challenge

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Disclosure: As a member of the Forward Influence Network, this conversation is sponsored by Google. All opinions are based on my personal experiences.

As October is officially here, so begins the National Bullying Prevention Month. As a parent, bullying hits home and many know I am a strong advocate in protecting our children.

As Aubrey brought home her chromebook for the first time, cyber bullying becomes a whole new dimension as a parent. My children know, if at any time they are being bullied or harassed, it’s important to tell me or another adult so we can put a stop to it. It’s scary to realize the only 20-30% of students actually tell an adult. It’s important to make our internet usage a safe place as well and why my family is being a part of Be Internet Awesome‘s It’s Cool to Be Kind challenge!

It is important to follow the same “golden rule” online that we do offline. While we aren’t face to face with individuals, what messages we share have an impact behind that keyboard. Stick up for others, report something hurtful, or find an adult you trust to get help. We all have more power to help than we realize!

Be Internet Awesome is Google’s free multifaceted program made to teach kids the importance of being a positive digital citizen and online safety to explore the online world with confidence.

Five Areas of Internet Awesomeness include:

SMART: Communicate responsibly online

ALERT: Identify phishing, scams, and non-credible sources online

STRONG: Protect your personal information

KIND: Be kind and positive online

BRAVE: When in doubt about anything online, talk it out with an adult

Lead by Example

I am challenging all of you to take the #ItsCoolToBeKindChallenge and show your kids they can do random acts of kindness, online and offline. For this challenge, you can do a random act of kindness online by yourself or with your kids. Once done, challenge 3 (or more!) to do another act of kindness online within 48 hours!

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Examples of Online Acts of Kindness

  • Post a positive comment on a friend’s picture or video.
  • Be an upstander and report negative behavior.
  • Send a positive message to a friend.
  • Spread kindness online with Kind Kingdom.

Life can get busy, we all know this. An act of kindness only takes a few minutes of your day and might be the smile someone needs. I sat down for five minutes and made comments on Instagram pictures, something I haven’t done in a few.

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Learn more about Google’s Be Internet Awesome campaign by following along on social media!

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  1. This is a great post! Thanks for reminding me that I don’t need to act big to make an impact in the world. I only need to choose to be kind and act on it. #ItsCoolToBeKind

  2. It’s everyone’s responsibility to model the appropriate behavior and show our kids the same behavior we expect of them. It’s scary to see some of the statistics on how this impacts our youth.

  3. Now that I’m on student council, I want to help others so they don’t deal with bullies. Thanks for being a role model for me Mom

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